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December 01, 2015 7:45 PM ET

Company Overview of Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Company Overview

Salk Institute for Biological Studies is an educational and research institution that provides academic programs in biology sciences. The institute offers graduate and postdoctoral education with focus on areas such as molecular biology and genetics, neurosciences, and plant biology. Additionally, it provides high school summer programs. Salk Institute also offers research facilities that include The Crick-Jacobs Center for Theoretical and Computational Biology, Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology, and The Cancer Center. The institute was founded in 1963 and is based in La Jolla, California.

10010 North Torrey Pines Road

La Jolla, CA 92037

United States

Founded in 1963





Key Executives for Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Assistant Secretary
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Age: 70
Vice President of Development and Communications
Vice President of Academic and Administrative Services
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies Key Developments

Salk Institute for Biological Sciences Appoints Elizabeth Blackburn as its President

Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UC San Francisco, has been named the first woman president of the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences. Blackburn joined the faculty at UCSF in 1990 and served as chair of the microbiology and immunology department from 1993-99. Currently the Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology and Physiology at UCSF, her research has focused on the functions of telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies Presents at Alliance for Regenerative Medicine Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa, Oct-07-2015 through Oct-09-2015

Salk Institute for Biological Studies Presents at Alliance for Regenerative Medicine Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa, Oct-07-2015 through Oct-09-2015. Venue: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, 9700 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, United States. Presentation Date & Speakers: Oct-09-2015, Roger Bingham, Member, Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, Samuel Pfaff, Benjamin H. Lewis Chair, Professor, Gene Expression Laboratory.

STEMCELL Technologies to Commercialize BrainPhys™ Neuronal Culture Medium for Improved Support of Neurophysiological Activity

STEMCELL Technologies Inc. has announced that it has signed a license agreement with the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences for the rights to commercialize BrainPhys™ Neuronal Medium. BrainPhys™ medium, described in a recent publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (C. Bardy et al., Epub ahead of print), was invented by Cedric Bardy in the lab of renowned neuroscientist Fred H. Gage. Classical culture media used for neuronal culture applications were found to impair action potential generation and synaptic communication. In order to improve the physiological relevance of neuronal culture conditions, Bardy et al. developed BrainPhys™ medium to better represent the environment experienced by neurons in the human brain. This formulation promotes optimal neuronal and synaptic activity while supporting long-term culture of both human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived neurons and primary tissue-derived neurons. According to Bardy et al., “the improvements made in this medium reduce the gap between in vivo brain physiological conditions and neuronal models in vitro.” It is hoped that increasing the physiological relevance of in vitro neuroscience research will improve the probability of successful translation of scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the clinic. BrainPhys™ Neuronal Medium will complement STEMCELL’s extensive portfolio of products for neural cell culture applications, including the NeuroCult™ product line for tissue-derived neural cells, and the STEMdiff™ Neural System for hPSC-derived neural cells. This project will leverage STEMCELL Technologies’ extensive experience in developing and commercializing specialized culture media for life science research. The commercial BrainPhys™ Neuronal Medium will be developed and manufactured using STEMCELL Technologies’ rigorous raw material screening and quality control processes. This will ensure that the final product is of quality, with maximal performance and minimal lot-to-lot variability.

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